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More Than MedicineA History of the Feminist Women's Health Movement$
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Jennifer Nelson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762776

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762776.001.0001

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Reproductive Control, Sexual Empowerment

Reproductive Control, Sexual Empowerment

The Aradia Women’s Health Center and the Early Movement for Feminist Health Reform

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(p.91) 3 Reproductive Control, Sexual Empowerment
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More Than Medicine
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Jennifer Nelson

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814762776.003.0003

This chapter looks at how Women's Liberation activists founded Aradia—a feminist women's health clinic—and ran the health center to provide contraceptive care, preventive care such as cancer screening, and information about sex, sexuality, and relationships. Seattle feminists were cognizant of differences among women, particularly on the basis of race and class, which contributed to different health and reproductive care priorities. In order to increase women of color's access to reproductive health care, YWCA feminists founded a Third World Women's Resource Center and an affiliated clinic. They also coordinated a “Feminism and Racism Rap Group” at Aradia to discuss racism in the Women's Liberation movement. These efforts contradict popular notions that white middle-class feminists focused exclusively on their own political demands without considering the different needs of women of color or poor women. Many white feminists were concerned about race and wanted to address their own racist impulses.

Keywords:   Aradia, women's health center, Seattle feminists, white middle-class feminists, Third World Women's Resource Center, racial differences, class differences

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